Ford increases Escape front row storage
With a redesigned centre console, the new Ford Escape provides 25 per cent increase in front row storage
Storing your wallet, plugging in your cellphone and enjoying that cold, oversized beverage just got a whole lot easier with the new 2017 Ford Escape, thanks to the compact CUV’s redesigned interior.
The CUV has 25 per cent more front row storage and 15 per cent more overall storage compared with the existing Escape, thanks mostly to the redefinition of the space between the front seats.
The first hurdle was replacing the traditional handled parking brake with a smaller electronic parking brake button.
Ford was able to move the gear shifter rearward – opening up access to an area that now houses the media bin and power ports.
Moving the gear shifter back also allowed designers to create a more comfortable position for a driver’s right arm.
In front of and behind the gear shifter, Ford created two storage bins to place wallet, keys, sunglasses and other everyday items often left sliding around on the passenger seat.
Slightly wider, the console features improved cupholders designed to accommodate a greater variety of bottle sizes, a larger main bin, and a front storage area that features easy access to a lighted USB port and 12-volt power outlet.
The main centre console bin, which also houses a USB port, is nearly 50 per cent larger than in the current Escape. Using that USB port, drivers can keep their cellphone securely stored while remaining connected to the vehicle’s SYNC 3 driver connect system.
A passenger-side cargo net adds additional storage, and the glove box uses a new swing-bin design to make it easier to store and access items.